IICA-JIFSAN Collaborative Training Initiative for the Americas
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IICA-JIFSAN - Collaborative Training Initiative for the Americas (CTIA)

JIFSAN has been working with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA) to deliver fresh produce since its inception.  In 2000 they jointly delivered the first program in Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) for fresh produce. Much of JIFSAN’s and IICA’s capacity building on GAP that took place in Latin America was funded through an FDA Cooperative Agreement with JIFSAN with support for specific country programs from the private sector, FDA, USDA-Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA-FAS), and Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA).
With the release of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule (PSR) (link to this page) and the creation of the Produce International Partnership (PIP) (link to this page), the ties between IICA and JIFSAN became more pronounced. Both have received funding from two separate Cooperative Agreement with FDA to roll out training in the region. The two have worked together continuously since 2016 in all of the fresh produce food safety in Latin America and in 2017 they ramped up their efforts to roll out the PSA training through the PIP program. As PSA training was mandatory for market access, in July 2017 both JIFSAN and IICA  teamed with FDA’s Latin American office to increase the number of lead trainers in the region who were certified to provide training to growers who spoke Spanish (please link to PIP program).
Below we describe key dates involving this united effort to increase those trained in produce safety.  Initial efforts supporting IICA were through a FAST Agreement with U.S. FAS.  Additional funds were supplied to IICA through U.S. FDA.  For trainings funded by this mechanism lead trainer were required to train a certain number of trainers as “pay-back.”  These payback trainings are captured under the metrics work. Funding for JIFSAN came through JIFSAN’s cooperative Agreement.

Key dates

  • • 2016 discussions began between IICA and JIFSAN about forming a CTI
  • • 2017 IICA and JIFSAN started rolling out produce safety trainings in Latin America with funds from U.S FAS and U.S. FDA
  • • In 2018 JIFSAN and IICA formalize the collaborative arrangement through a MOU and the Collaborative Training Initiative of the Americas (CTIA) was established.
  • • 2020 JIFSAN asked by IICA to measure the impact of IICA’s first Cooperative Agreement that focused on rolling out FSPCA and Produce Safety Rule Training.
  • • 2020 JIFSAN asked to aid IICA on their second Cooperative Agreement on identifying and measuring the impact of alternative delivery mechanism

CTIA’s action to facilitate “buy-in” to have a larger multiplier effect

  • • In order to have a larger multiplier impact the CTIA with FDA-LAC and IICA identified 3-12 individuals from each country who they screened and two intensive trainings held in Costa Rica.  These individuals were required to give pay back trainings in which 125 of individual growers had to be trained.
  • • In order to reach growers better IICA obtained a second cooperative agreement with FDA to explore the delivery of training material possibly via mobile devises.

Metric highlights to date

Manuals and publications

  • • Currently using PSA training manuals that are translated into Spanish

Other publications/conference proceedings

News stories

Link’s to other “sister” projects building on CTIA work